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Next on Pope Francis’ agenda: Curia reform, personnel moves, a revamped synod

Robert Mickens predicts that Pope Francis may now push forward with further reforms to the curia, to strengthen the push toward collegiality. Pope Francis told bishops attending the recent Synod of Bishops on the family to speak their minds freely and boldly during the two-week-long assembly. And so they did, at least a good many...

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Will Irish Bishops open up discussion with their people now?

‘Time for bishops to imitate Francis on consulting priests and laity’ – Thomas Reese. The most remarkable event at the synod on the family occurred at the very beginning, when Pope Francis encouraged bishops to speak frankly, even if they disagreed with him. Now that the synod process has moved to local bishops’ conferences and dioceses,...

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Change guest list for 2015 Synod: ACI members

Patricia Higgins and Seamus O’Gorman call for more than just consultation of families for the next Vatican synod on the family in 2015 – as reported by ‘Catholic Ireland’.

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The Irish Catholic Church of the Future

To be relevant in the 21st century the Irish Catholic Church needs to become more educated, warm, welcoming, diverse, socially committed, ecumenical and sacramentally vibrant. This was the message given by Trinity College Theology Professor Siobhan Garrigan to a large gathering of members of the ACI in the Regency Hotel, Dublin on October 11th –...

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Upcoming Synod of Bishops is about more than just marriage and family

A Roman Observer: For his first column for the NCR, Robert Mickens, a longtime Vatican observer, tells us what to expect when the synod on the family opens this weekend.

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ACI to represent Ireland at Rome Church Reform Conference

IRELAND TO BE REPRESENTED BY ACI AT ROME CHURCH REFORM CONFERENCE Ireland will be represented in Rome on October 2nd and 3rd when an international lay group committed to reform in the Catholic Church meets to call for a greater lay representation in the upcoming Church Synod on the Family. The Association of Catholics in...

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ACI Dublin South Meeting – Tuesday 16/09/14

Minutes Introduction Welcome and updates read to group from Noel McCann re the 11 October Meeting on ‘Starting a National Conversation’, to be held in Regency Hotel Dublin. Julie will place notices up in Kimmage Manor Church. Teresa advised the group re. late September meeting of ACI representatives with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Synod, and...

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NCR Editorial: Don’t ignore the past in the present fight against Islamic State

The seeds of the U.S. defeat in the Vietnam War were planted years before, most notably on March 8, 1965. That was the day the first U.S. Marine combat troops landed in Danang, Vietnam. That action gave a civil conflict a global stage, forming Vietnamese patriots overnight. If we had only understood. Read the full...

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ACI North Wicklow Branch Minutes – 10th Sep 2014

John began the meeting by welcoming everyone and offering apologies from those who could not attend. Teresa  then led the group in an opening reflection. Agenda: The agenda consisted of a discussion of the following questions: How can we promote church trust and communication? What are the major issues facing parents and families? What guidance...

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Church should make ‘unconventional couples’ welcome: Italian Bishop

The Catholic church should make “unconventional couples” feel at home instead of making them targets of “de facto discrimination,” the leader of the Italian Bishops Conference and an ally of Pope Francis said this week. To open this complete article in another window, click on the source below: National Catholic Reporter

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